Posted by: kenwbudd | January 6, 2010

Cybersitter is suing the Chinese government for piracy and breach of copyright

A US software maker is suing the Chinese authorities and seven major computer maker, including; Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, etc. Cybersitter is accusing China of openly pirating its Cybersitter content filtering software and using it for their own purposes.

The federal lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles by Cybersitter and the compensation demanded is $2.2 billion (£1.37 billion).

The company alleges that the Chinese authorities have blatantly copied its codes and incorporated them into their ‘citizen security’ software. This software is used to monitor and block Chinese citizens’ ability to access sites deemed politically undesirable by the government.

Cybersitter software was originally designed to help parents monitor and filter content seen by children.

The seven computer manufacturers, including Sony, Lenovo, and Toshiba, that are also being cited in this lawsuitsued, have been distributing the Chinese ‘citizen security’ software program with PCs sold in the country.

This was forced on PC manufacturers who wanted to distribute their products in China. It was done to comply with a mandate from the Chinese authorities to ensure that no computers were sold in China without the ‘security’ software bundle on it. This mandate was later amended.

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